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Annual LAO Refugee Law Office conference – updated new speaker’s list

Friday, June 13, 2014

Refugee Law Office

Refugee Law Conference

Wednesday, June 25, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Osgoode Professional Development Centre
1 Dundas Street West
26th Floor

Legal Aid Ontario is pleased to announce a slate of additional speakers who will be participating in the annual RLO Conference on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014.

Updated speakers and panel line up include:

  • Keynote speaker Professor James C. Hathaway – A leading authority on international refugee law whose work is regularly cited by the most senior courts of the common law world.
  • Barbara Jackman – Bringing matters before the Provincial Court
  • Hilary Evans Cameron – Credibility
  • Angus Grant – Roundup of notable Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal jurisprudence
  • Raoul Boulakia, Susan Woolner, and Prasanna Balasundaram – Bringing motions before the Immigration and Refugee Board
  • Michelle Shephard and Maureen Brosnahan – Working with the media on immigration and refugee issues
  • Sarah Schmidt and Ken Marciniec – Media training workshop.

Check back for more information that will be posted as it comes available

To register

Registration online is free; however, space is limited. Please register soon to ensure your place.

This conference is eligible for continuing professional development (CPD) hours. The number of hours is under consideration by LSUC.

Event itinerary

Itinerary Time


8:30 a.m. to 8:55 a.m.

Introduction and Welcome

8:55 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Keynote Speech: Why Presume State Protection?

  • Professor James Hathaway
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Credibility and the non-expert tribunal

  • Hilary Evans Cameron, Barrister and Solicitor
10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.


10:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Motions before the IRB: When the member does their own research, designated representatives, and re-opening applications.

  • Raoul Boulakia, Barrister and Solicitor,
  • Susan Woolner, Barrister and Solicitor, and
  • Prasanna Balasundaram, Downtown Legal Services
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The year’s jurisprudence in review

  • Angus Grant, LAO LAW
12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Word from LAO’s Board Chair

  • John McCamus, LAO
12:45 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Update from the Federal Court

  • Mr. Justice Hughes
2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Working with the Media

  • Maureen Brosnahan, CBC Journalist, co-host of the World at Six
  • Peter Showler, Lawyer, former CARL media spokesperson, former Director of Refugee Forum, former Chair of Immigration and Refugee Board, and
  • Nicholas Keung, Toronto Star journalist, covering refugee, immigration and migrant issues
2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Media Training Workshop

  • Ken Marciniec, Media and communications specialist
3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Bringing Applications before the Provincial Courts

  • Barbara Jackman, Jackman Nazami & Associates
4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


5:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m.

After party at the Marquis of Granby, 418 Church Street

5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.


Erica Ward, paralegal
Refugee Law Office
Legal Aid Ontario